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The ever-irrepressible Ally Roberts is the seventh member of her extended family inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.com)

Also inducted today – older sister Madeline, a true one-of-a-kind star on the softball diamond.

At this rate, we might want to think about adding a Sandy Roberts wing to the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

The man himself is already well-established in our lil’ digital hall of wonders, inducted for his stellar work as both a Wolf athlete and coach.

Toss in two sons (Jon and Jay Roberts), a daughter-in-law (Sherry (Bonacci) Roberts) and, as of today, three grandchildren (Lindsey, Madeline, and Ally Roberts) also camping out there, and the family is well-represented.

While we wait for the construction of that wing, though, we have a bit of business to take care of, and that’s the induction of grandchildren #2 and #3, sisters Madeline and Ally.

They went their own ways when it came to choosing their athletic pursuits, but they were similar in always shining brightly in whatever arena they participated.

Madeline made her name on the softball field, a slap-hitting speedster who anchored the top of the lineup for the CHS softball squad.

A four-year letter winner, she was a First-Team All-League pick at shortstop during her senior season in 2014, a time when Coupeville faced off with big bads like Archbishop Thomas Murphy and Lakewood in the 1A/2A Cascade Conference.

That was the season the Wolves shocked folks by putting together a late-season run which carried them all the way to Eastern Washington for the state tournament, their first return trip to the big dance in a decade-plus.

In addition to All-League honors, Madeline ran away with the team award for Best Offense when Wolf coaches David and Amy King held their annual season-ending shindig.

Not content with merely being a high school standout, Mad Dog made the jump to college ball, as well, and with a twist.

She played two seasons on the diamond for Shoreline Community College, facing off a few times against former CHS teammate Hailey Hammer, who did her college time at Everett Community College.

But Madeline also surprised everyone when, after not playing basketball in high school, she opted to play a campaign with Shoreline’s hoops squad, acquitting herself quite nicely.

Her younger, but ultimately taller, sister was also a multi-sport athlete, juggling the equestrian world with volleyball.

On the court, Rally Ally was a ferocious hitter, ripping off knee-quaking spikes and flinging her body to the floor with wild abandon to save wayward shots.

Playing for the Wolves during a time of transition, when several coaches moved through the system, Ally saw her role change often, but she always adapted and never stopped fighting during every second she was given on the floor.

When she wasn’t in the gym, Lisa Edlin’s youngest daughter could usually be found astride a horse, winning medals and ribbons while tearing up the rodeo circuit.

It was a sport which carried Ally through both high school and college, where she was the captain of Western Washington University’s equestrian team.

She won a regional championship in Advanced Western Horsemanship in what turned out to be her final time in the saddle, before being denied a crack at nationals when COVID-19 shut down college sports.

That disappointment, while sad in the moment, will ultimately be just a small footnote for Ally, who like her big sis, has much more ahead of her left to accomplish.

As they move forward, they’ll also hang around, joining their family members under the Legends tab at the top of the blog.

They were stars during their school days — two bright, shining supernovas full of talent and skill who added bold new chapters to the tale of one of Coupeville’s most-successful athletic families.

Out in the real world, Madeline and Ally will be equally unstoppable. Of that, I have no doubt.

And when they do hit it big? We can say we knew them back when.

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Ally Roberts collects all the ribbons. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Roberts)

They don’t call her “Rally Ally” for nothing.

Former Coupeville High School volleyball ace Ally Roberts is also an accomplished equestrian, and she saved her biggest performance for her last time in the saddle.

Roberts, who is on her way to graduating from Western Washington University, won a regional championship in Advanced Western Horsemanship Saturday, and will stretch out her farewell tour a bit farther.

While Saturday’s meet at Evergreen State Equestrian Park was the final one of the regular season, the WWU captain now advances on to the post-season.

As regional champ, Roberts is off to West Virginia in late March to compete in the national semifinals.

A top-two finish there would send her to the national championships.

For Roberts, this is the perfect cap on her collegiate sports experience.

“It was such an awesome way to finish out our regular season!,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming and it all finally happened.

“This is an accomplishment I’ve been trying to achieve for the past three years!”

Roberts opened the meet by nabbing first in her class, which allowed her to “point out,” earning her enough points over the course of the season to qualify for regional competition.

Once there, she faced off with riders from Central Washington University, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, Washington State University, and Oregon State University.

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CHS grad Ally Roberts (second from right) continues to collect ribbons as a college athlete. (Photo property of Western Washington Equestrians Facebook page)

Ally Roberts is going out with a bang.

The Coupeville High School grad is nearing the end of her run at Western Washington University, but, before she graduates, she intends to pick up a few more ribbons and trophies.

Roberts is captain of the WWU equestrian team, continuing a run of horse-related success which began when she was just a young rider back on Whidbey Island.

Western Washington won team high point both days running this past weekend at an eight-team equestrian meet, while Roberts claimed 1st in her class.

The event was a Hunt Seat competition, where riders jumped over fences and rode on the flat.

WWU went up against Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, Central Washington University, Washington State University, Willamette University, and the University of British Columbia.

While she was happy with her own performance, Roberts was especially thrilled to see her teammates soar as well.

“It’s a huge accomplishment for a young team,” she said. “Most of our team graduated last year, so we are primarily a freshman driven group.

“And they SHOWED UP this weekend!!”

Roberts is nearing the end of her run at WWU, but going out as a team leader makes the experience that much better.

“Getting to be a captain made it that much more fulfilling, because I’m so excited to see where the team will go in the next couple years” she said. “Since I am graduating in the summer I am coming to an end in my college career, which is bittersweet, but it has been a great three years on the team.”

The season isn’t done just yet, however, as WWU hosts a show in Lynden the first weekend of February.

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Former Wolf gridiron star Jacob Martin will be pulling on this jersey for Feather River College this fall. (Photo courtesy Martin)

Ally Roberts, and her trusty steed, continue to tear up the equestrian world while attending Western Washington University. (Jennifer Roberts photo)

It’s still the middle of summer, but fall sports are closer than you might expect.

That goes for college athletics as well, where at least five former Coupeville standouts are slated to compete at the next level in the coming months.

Nick StreubelJacob Martin, and Zane Bundy will be on the gridiron, Mia Littlejohn will be running the soccer pitch and Ally Roberts will be astride her trusty steed.

A look at what’s ahead for each:

Bundy:

A two-sport star during his days in Coupeville (soccer, football), he’s one of two kickers currently listed on the roster at Tabor College in Kansas.

The Bluejays open their season Sept. 1 against the University of St. Mary’s.

Littlejohn:

The CHS girls soccer single-season and career scoring leader is beginning her freshman year at Santa Monica College, where she plans to play both soccer and basketball.

The Corsair booters have two scrimmages in mid-Aug., then open the regular season Aug. 28 against Oxnard.

Martin:

A two-way gridiron terror during his days as a Wolf, the red-shirt freshman is headed back to Feather River College in California.

He’s aiming to use his time on the field with the Golden Eagles as a springboard to netting a D-II offer.

“I’ll be a strong safety/outside linebacker hybrid, otherwise known as “Rover,” and I’ll be a big special teams player,” Martin said. “Heads will be knocked this year!”

Feather River opens Sept. 1 against the College of the Sequoias.

Roberts:

A sophomore at Western Washington University, she’s quickly moving up in the equestrian world.

After competing on the English team last year, Roberts has been placed on the Western section squad this time around, and kicks off her season in Nov.

Streubel:

The oldest of the former Wolves, and the one with the most college championship rings.

“The Big Hurt” is on target to graduate this year, but is a red-shirt junior on the field at Central Washington University.

Streubel is coming off a season in which he was a First-Team All-Conference and All-Region pick while anchoring a very-effective Wildcat line at left guard.

CWU went 11-0, won a league title, and went into the playoffs as a #1 seed, where it fell 34-31 in an epic double overtime game to eventual NCAA D-II national champ Texas A & M – Commerce.

The Wildcats, who open the season Sept. 1 against Eastern Washington, are ranked #6 in the College Football America Yearbook preseason poll.

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Ally Roberts and Tiger, a winning duo. (Lisa Edlin photo)

Ally Roberts is among the best in the West.

The Coupeville High School senior, and her trusty steed Tiger, are leaving Redmond, Oregon with two top awards after competing in the Pacific Northwest Invitational Challenge.

Roberts claimed 2nd in Trail and 9th in Western Equitation Friday while competing against the best riders from two states.

“Crazy competition here, but I am very proud that we came out second out of all competitors in Washington AND Oregon!,” she said.

The regional event was the final one of the horse riding season, and Roberts qualified for it by landing two top-five performances at the Washington High School Equestrian state meet in May.

A standout volleyball spiker and horse rider, she returns home to join her classmates for graduation next Friday, June 9.

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